The Cupcake 5k is a fun, family run that supports the work of Urban Connections on the Near East Side of Columbus. Held at Scioto Audubon Metro Park in the beautiful scenery, this fun includes part of the Scioto Greenway Trail, and views of downtown. This is not a timed run, though we will have a clock at the finish line. Most of the trail is paved, with a short distance on compacted gravel. Families and groups are welcome. Enjoy a beautiful setting, support a good cause, and walk away with a delicious cupcake! Participants will have the opportunity to earn an extra cupcake by doing part of the park’s obstacle course on their run, too!
Register & Pay online: $35/adult; $15/youth (12 & under)
Registration on-site, Saturday, September 11th: $40/adult; $20/youth.
1. Friday, September 10th, at Urban Connections House: 11am – 6pm
(447 Fairwood Ave, Columbus, OH 43205) – this is easier, will give you your bib & swag so you can skip the line Saturday morning! Virtual Runners can also grab a cupcake on Friday!
2. Saturday, September 11th at Scioto Audubon Park: 8-8:30am – get your bib and swag pre-race, and your cupcake after you cross the finish!
T-shirts will be available for virtual and in-person 5k registrants who sign up online through August 20th, and on a first come, first served basis for those registering after August 20th.
Virtual Run Details:
In 2021, due to the continued COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering a Virtual 5k! Virtual runners can run, walk, or dance their 5k whenever they like! We’d love for you to send us some pictures of your 5k, enjoying your cupcake, or wearing your t-shirt so we can add them to our albums and social posts. You can pick up your t-shirt and cupcake on September 10th, but then you can run at your own convenience, at your own location, and share your pictures with us! If you prefer to have your t-shirt mailed to you, after registering with the button above, you can email [email protected] with your mailing address. Sorry, we aren’t mailing cupcakes!
Start Times: Depending on the state of the pandemic, we may be staggering start times to encourage social distancing. If so, beginning at 9am, we will begin groups of 8-10. When registering, please choose the start time that works best for you. If you have friends registering too, we encourage you to all choose the same start time. You will receive both an auto-confirmation of your registration, and an email from Cathy confirming your start time. If you have any problems, please contact [email protected]
8 – 8:30am: Packet Pickup & Pre-Race Registration – Please wear masks and practice social distancing!
8:40 – 9am: Warm up and start moving to the starting line
9 – 10:15am: Have fun and Run, Walk, or Dance your 5k! (We encourage you to practice social distancing as appropriate.)
10:15 – 10:30am: Congratulations & Awards
In-Person Route: This 5k follows trails at Scioto-Audubon Park, mostly paved, with a small loop of compacted gravel around the obstacle course. There will be 2 water stations.
Parking: Follow signs to the Climbing Wall, where three parking lots are available near the rock climbing wall and water tower.